Lions Much Better Than Record Suggests

December 18th, 2010

Derek “Old School” Fournier of believes Bucs fans overlooking the rebuilding-since-1957 Lions are foolish (or in so many words) in his weekly Bucs game preview.

7 Responses to “Lions Much Better Than Record Suggests”

  1. gitarlvr Says:

    The Bucs have NO excuses not to kill this team. The Lions WERE slightly better than their record suggested when they had Matt Stafford, who has looked just as much like a future star QB as Bradford or Freeman during the short time he’s been healthy. They also might have been better than their record suggested with Shaun Hill, who is a journeyman QB capable of putting together a hot streak. However with Drew Stanton the Lions are nothing. Last week was an aberration partly borne of the fact that Aaron Rodgers was out for half the game. And even in a win they still managed to only score a whopping seven points. Calvin Johnson alone is not going to beat the Buccaneers.

  2. Pete 422 Says:

    gitarlvr, I agree. Load up the box and stop the run.


    I watched the Lions/Packers game on rewind. The lions didn’t score until the 4th quarter. The pack kept coughing up the ball.

    The pack lost that game…

  4. Derek 'OldSchool' Fournier Says:

    While I agree (and so does Vegas looking at the line) when every game is this critical and you are facing a defense that causes that much havoc at the line of scrimmage, you have got to be cautious.

    I HOPE to see a one sided contest (somewhat obviously in our favor). It would be nice to have a 49er game at home.

  5. Snook Says:

    I’m sick of hearing how the Lions are “better than their record suggests”.

    Umm… no they’re not. Or they’d have a better record.

    Like Parcells said… you are what your record says you are.

    Period. Lions suck.

  6. Derek 'OldSchool' Fournier Says:

    What’s it like in that black and white world Snook? While Master Bill is right wrt the pursuit of the post season, there are “shades of gray” (Obscure movie reference) that surround teams during a rebuild that I know I was referring to and I assume others were as well.

  7. gitarlvr Says:

    There’s no doubt the Lions have pressured QB’s at times this year but as Old School said their back seven doesn’t really have a single guy to write home about. The pressure from Detroit’s line WOULD worry me if J. Freeze weren’t so good at evading pressure. If J. Freeze can buy himself a little time with the ball he should find receivers open downfield with regularity. Detroit’s D should scare a team with a less mobile QB than Tampa has. Also the Lions give up about 122 rushing yards per game to Tampa’s 133. However, Jahvid Best averages only 3.3 ypc to Blount object’s 4.5. Even if the Lions rush well enough to even things out in that category, I can’t imagine a scenario where Stanton outperforms Freeman. Like I said, if Josh were a statue back there, the Lions pass rush, combined with all the inexperience on our O-line might be enough for the Lions to pull this one out but such is not the case.